Client

Gentoo Group

Sector

Service

Overview

Tolent’s development of the new Leafields estate, which is a bold, striking and inspiring development in an area undergoing transformational regeneration.

The development involved the demolition of 345 dwellings over the 8.6-hectare site; creating 384 new 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes across 6 phases.

All houses have been designed to be eco-friendly and include a number of environmentally aware design features, including Photovoltaic panels, energy efficient boilers and high levels of insulation (over 25% above Building Regulation requirements) helping them to achieve a CfSH Level 3 rating.

The regeneration includes the construction of a purpose-built care facility providing respite care to children and their families with complex physical disabilities and health needs.

The development was also was designed in accordance with the former Housing Corporation Design and Quality Standards, and also achieved Secure by Design, Building for Life, and DDA compliance.  

Unique Experience

At the time of delivery, Tolent Living was a member of the Gentoo Group. During delivery the group assumed the role of the client, architect, developer and contractor with responsibility for taking all projects through the entire planning process. The experience has given us a unique insight and awareness of the challenges and key drivers of our client base, which has allowed us to adapt our services to meet their needs. From the experience we are better able to see things from a client’s perspective and utilise our knowledge and experience to develop strategies that ensure successful outcomes.

All 384 houses were designed to be eco-friendly and include a number of environmentally aware design features, including photovoltaic panels, energy efficient boilers and high levels of insulation (over 25% above Building Regulation requirements) helping them to achieve a CfSH Level 3 rating.

Location

Sunderland

Value

£44m

Completion

2013

Size

384 homes

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